Next Dean of UCLA Engineering Selected

Jayathi Y. Murthy has been selected as dean of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, effective January 1, 2016. Murthy is the Ernest Cockrell Jr. Department Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. (February 2015)

Smart Necklace Analyzes What Goes Down Your Throat

A new smart necklace aims to rid us of our eating sins by automatically guessing the portions and contents of our meals. The device is called WearSens, and it was developed by UCLA engineers to provide more accountability over what we devour. The device’s co-developer, Majid Sarrafzadeh, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, and co-director of the Wireless Health Institute, is quoted in the article. The news was also carried by Popular ScienceCBS NewsPeople; New York Magazine; The New York Daily News; The Daily Mail (U.K.); Yahoo Lifestyle UK; and MTV News. Research led by: Professor Majid Sarrafzadeh. (March 2015)

UCLA Engineering Celebrates Opening of Engineering VI

UCLA leaders and prominent alumni gathered March 19 to celebrate the new jewel of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Engineering VI. The state-of-the-art center for engineering research and education is located in the heart of campus. (April 2015)

CJ Kim Wins Korea’s Highest Prize for Engineering

Chang-Jin “CJ” Kim, UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and a leader in microfluidics and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), received the 2015 Ho-Am Prize for Engineering, considered Korea’s highest honor. (April 2015)

Liao Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

James C. Liao, a groundbreaking researcher in renewable biofuels and UCLA’s Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Liao holds the distinction of also being a member of the National Academy of Engineering. (May 2015)

DARPA Robotics Challenge

A team of engineers from UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania competed in the Department of Defense’s DARPA Robotics Challenge. UCLA mechanical and engineering professor Dennis Hong led the team. (June 2015)

UCLA Researchers Develop New Material to Accelerate Healing

Researchers from UCLA Engineering have developed an injectable hydrogel that helps skin wounds heal more quickly. The material creates a scaffold that allows new tissue to latch on and grow within the cavities formed between linked spheres of gel. Research led by: Professor Dino Di Carlo, Associate Professor Tatiana Segura, and UCLA alums and post-doctoral scholars Donald Griffin and Westbrook Weaver. (June 2015)

Lower-Cost, More Efficient Nanostructure for Fuel Cells

A team led by UCLA Engineering researchers has developed nanostructures made from a compound of three metals that increase the efficiency and durability of fuel cells while lowering the cost to produce them. Their solution addresses vexing problems that have stalled the adoption of fuel cell technology. Research Led By: Associate Professor Yu Huang, post-doctoral scholar Xiaoqing Huang, and graduate students Zipeng Zhao, Yu Chen, and Enbo Zhu. (July 2015)

UCLA Engineering Raises a Record $42.6 Million in 2014-15

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science had a record-breaking year for fundraising in 2014-15, bringing nearly $42.6 million to the school. The funds support student scholarships and faculty chairs, the school’s cutting-edge new building, Engineering VI, and research programs across all seven departments. (August 2015)

UCLA Materials Scientists Take Step Toward Tougher Ceramics

A team of UCLA materials scientists is exploring ways to create tough ceramics, a long sought-after class of materials that would be exceptionally hard, capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures and less prone to corrosion than metals, but still have the ability to become dented or deformed without fracturing. Research Led By: Professor Jenn-Ming Yang, Associate Professor Suneel Kodambaka, and post-doctoral scholar Sara Kiani. (August 2015)

Next-Gen Perovskite Solar Cells made Stable by Metal Oxide ‘Sandwich’

UCLA researchers have made significant advance toward stabilizing perovskite solar cells by protecting them between two layers of metal oxide. Research led by: Professor Yang Yang, postdoctoral scholar Jingbi You, and graduate student Lei Meng. (November 2015)

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